Haz’s guide to winter days in Melbourne


As Melburnians, we would like to say a big SORRY to everyone who thought that Melbourne was warm and summery all year round. We wish we were special, but we experience winter just like everyone else. Fear not – the Nuns are here to help you find fun things to do when the Celsius has fallen but you’re eager to get out and about.

  1. Head to Hunter Gatherer (274 Brunswick St, Fitzroy) to pick up some rad second hand clothes to keep yourself warm. This op shop has established itself as one of the top destinations for vintage clothing in Fitzroy and is always stocked with fashion forward threads.


  1. Snuggle up by the Nunnery fireplace with a book from our book swap shelf, or pick a DVD from our huge selection and get comfy in front of the TV!
  1. Pick up some wine to drink by the Nunnery fireplace and make new friends by offering wine to other guests! Everyone loves wine!


  1. Wake up on Sunday morning, eat delicious FREE homemade pancakes made by our staff for breakfast, and watch cartoons in your pajamas in front of the fire. Day sorted.


  1. Head to Melbourne Museum, just a few hundred metres away from the Nunnery. Admission is $14 for adults or free for students (local or international!). You’ll be able to access all of the permanent exhibitions displaying Australian, Victorian and Indigenous history.


  1. Head along Brunswick St and get some mulled wine into your stomach. Most bars offer mulled wine and/or cider in the winter months and it will warm your heart. The Rooks Return (201 Brunswick St, Fitzroy) does a mean mulled wine and also has board games for you to play!
  1. Now that you’re drinking mulled wine, head to the Union Hotel (164 Gore St, Fitzroy) or the Standard Hotel (293 Fitzroy St, Fitzroy), park yourself in front of the fireplace and continue drinking.


  1. Attend soup night at the Nunnery (every Wednesday during winter!) and have some free delicious homemade soup for dinner, and then follow it up with a big mug of complimentary hot chocolate, available all day.


  1. South Melbourne Market is an indoor market easily accessible from the Nunnery by catching the 96 tram towards St Kilda. Grab a coffee, go for a stroll through the stalls and fulfil all your fresh produce needs. Make sure you check out the dim sim stall – best dim sims in Melbourne!



  1. While you’re at the markets, make sure you pick up some hot jam donuts! Hot jam donuts are VERY Melbourne, and you can find them after AFL matches at the MCG, at the Queen Victoria Market, and at Olympic Donuts (51 Irving St, Footscray). For more information about why hot jam donuts are so Melburnian, visit https://www.broadsheet.com.au/melbourne/food-and-drink/article/secret-history-hot-jam-doughnut




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